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Colour-blind Matthew Wade recalled for South Africa Test

By Rashmi Nanda -

Australian selectors recalled Matthew Wade as a wicket-keeper batsman for the upcoming third test match against South Africa.

    

The wicket keeper confidently said that he has improved considerably behind the stumps since he last played Test cricket more than three years ago.

The wicket-keeper batsman Matthew, who was a controversial substitution for current wicketkeeper Peter Nevill, because Australian selectors exerted the knife after consecutive Test defeats to South Africa.

Since the tour of India in early 2013, the 28-year-old Wade will play his first test in the Adelaide Test which will be played from Thursday (November 24) against South Africa.

Nevill had been favored because of his clear advanced wicket keeping but Wade has offered a lifeline because of his ability with the bat. Matthew, who scored two centuries in 12 Test matches with an average of 34.61 in 2012-13, while Peter averages just 22 from 17 Tests.

The Australian wicketkeeper believes that his wicketkeeping had improved since his last appearance in the Test match. On Monday (November 21) Wade said about this matter, I think Ive improved, obviously. I wasnt playing well enough at the time to be picked as a wicketkeeper in Test cricket and now I have been picked as a Test wicketkeeper. Theres always a lot of talk about keeping and batting and the skill set, but Ill just come and do my best and contribute the best I can for the team. Its not about me.”

Matthew Wade is color blind, who was confident he would have no problems seeing the pink ball, which will be used during the day-night Test in Adelaide.

He said, Youve just got to get used to it. I think its trying to get it out of your mind. I can see the color of the ball, I pick it up. Its just at times it takes a little bit longer to work out the depth of where its coming. Ive got more used to it I suppose. The more you play, you get more used to it.”

Wade said that he was enthralled about how the new-look Kookaburra, which has changed the color of the seam from green to black since last years opening day-night Test, would fare. He said, The ball is getting better year in, year out. Itll be interesting to see what it does.”